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May 6, 2013 11:00pm PDT
about iranian arms reaching hezbollah in lebanon rather than an attempt to weaken president assad. but the attacks also raised the prospect of american air strikes. last week, evidence mounted to suggest the syrian regime used chemal wpons. esident obama previously said that using such weapons would be a red line for the united states. until now, the president has opposed arming the rebels or intervening militarily. joining me is dexter filkins of the "new yorker." his latest report from syria appears in this week's issue. also joined by gary samore of harvard's kennedy school. until february of this year he was the president's special advisor on weapons of mass destruction, counterterrorism and arms control. i'm pleased to have both of them here. let me talk about dexter's piece in a moment. we now have the israeli bombing. where are we in terms of what the syrians might do, what's the next turn of the wheel? >> i think in terms of a military response i don't think it's in assad's interest to take on the israelis right now. so my guess is he will try to make as much political advantag
FOX News
May 5, 2013 7:00am PDT
said time and time again it would not allow the assad regime to transfer weapons to hezbollah. this is statement and position that president obama has backed just yesterday in an interview. latest israeli air strike is the second attack in the past 72 hours by israeli fighter pilots. earlier they hit a shipment of ground to ground missiles that was bound for member's fighters in lebanon. u.s. and israel and countries like turkey and jordan are concerned about the use of chemical weapons by the assad regime and rebels getting their hands on them. the netanyahu government is exactly concerned about all the developments in syria. and just a few hours ago he delayed a trip to china to hold an emergency cabinet meeting. there is a lot of concern and tension about what will happen in the near future with the israeli and syrian tensions. >> jamie: coner powell, thank you so much. >> eric: all of this comes as the obama administration is continuing to consider the response to the mounting evidence that the syrian government dloirpd deployed chemical weapons. one consideration is send more non-
CSPAN
May 9, 2013 9:00am EDT
the assad regime, as many of our colleagues have noted, including senator feinstein, the chairman of the intelligence committee, president obama's red line on syria has been crossed. instead of act, the obama administration has called for additional evidence to be collected by u.n. investigators, who have not yet set foot in syria. and probably never will. in the absence of more robust action, it will not be longe longbottom until a-- it will not be long until assad uses chemical weapons again. by drawing a red line on chemical weapons, the president actually gave the assad regime a green light to use every other weapon in his arsenal with impunity. more than 70,000 syrians have been killed indiscriminately, with snipers, artillery, fighter jets and even ballistic missiles. according to a recent human rights watch report, more than 3,300 civilians have been killed by assad's airstrikes alone since july 2012. at the same time iran and hezbollah is bill ago front. according to estimates that have been published in the media some believe there were no more than a few hundred fighters in
MSNBC
May 6, 2013 1:00pm PDT
to topple president assad, but to stop weapons transfers to hezbollah. >> the israelis justifiably have to guard against the transfer of defense weaponry. >> the president needs to make it clear what we will do. >> the red line that the president of the united states written was apparently written in disappearing ink. >> i think a decision by the president is imminent. >> the israelis have to be vigilant. they have to be concerned. we will continue to coordinate with israel. >>> good afternoon. it is a busy monday and we're watching several unfolding stories this hour. in boston one of the three friends accused of lying to the boston bombing investigators out on $100,000 bond. prosecutors have agreed to release robel phillipos to his mother's custody but must wear an ankle monitor. >>> the nra wrapped up its annual convention, full of sound and fury, signaling its intractable opposition to any gun safety reforms. but vice president joe biden is keeping up the pressure. right now hosting a white house meeting with faith leaders on the issue. more on that story coming up, too. >>> bu
PBS
May 8, 2013 12:00am PDT
post assad. all of our activities need to be moving in that direction. and what we don't need to do is let little events along the way presip difficultly just sort of change our direction. this is a strategy we need to go in. we need to keep our eyes on that. we need to be to kountion post assad. >> rose: we conclude this evening with richard wagner's ring cycle at the metropolitan opera. joining me -- >> i think as every composer writing an important opera because he start thinking now i'm writing something crucial, something very important. to put a mirror for us to see ourselves. and all great operas and generally all great artworks are a mirror for us. what do we see in them which we can understand ourselves. and the ring is important because it's about politics. it's about love. it's about power. it's about relationships between family members. >> rose: senator bob corker and looking at the ring cycle next. >> funding for charlie rose was provided by the following captioning sponsored by rose communications from our studios in new york city, this is charlie rose. >> rose: we begin
Comedy Central
May 1, 2013 1:00am PDT
potential assad regime atrocity we in the united states deemd noteworthy: chemical weapons. >> a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around, that's a red line for us. and that there would be enormous consequences. >> jon: big-time consequences. you can come up to the line. your bombing, your mortar shells. your general machine gunning. your cluster bombs. you cross that line, mister, you are grounded. guess what. >> the u.s. intelligence community assesses with some degree of varying confidence that the syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in syria. >> jon: you done [bleep] now. you have crossed the red line. and by the way, where is defense secretary chuck hagel? whose blazer is he borrowing? and why does he keep looking down? can we see what that guy is looking at... oh, he's ordering. oh, i didn't... ( cheers and applause ). i didn't realize. more importantly now that we know that the red line has been crossed and the red line has been crossed, what next? >> we still have some uncertainties. >> we are working to establish
CSPAN
May 9, 2013 5:00pm EDT
weapons have been used by the assad regime, as many of our colleagues have noted, including senator feinstein, the chairman of the intelligence committee, president obama's red line on syria has been crossed. instead of act, the obama administration has called for additional evidence to be collected by u.n. investigators, who have not yet set foot in syria. and probably never will. in the absence of more robust action, it will not be longe longbottom until a-- it will not be long until assad uses chemical weapons again. by drawing a red line on chemical weapons, the president actually gave the assad regime a green light to use every other weapon in his arsenal with impunity. more than 70,000 syrians have been killed indiscriminately, with snipers,rtillery, fighter jets and even ballistic missiles. according to a recent human ghts watch report,ore than 3,300 civilians have been killed by assad's airstrikes alone since july 2012. at the same time iran and hezbollah is bill ago front. according to estimates that have been published in the media some believe there were no more than a fe
Current
May 6, 2013 4:00pm PDT
discussing it, it just opens the door for assad to simply say israel just attacked us. let me declare war on israel. which is going to make him a hero to a lot of people who hate him right now. there used to be a time in this world if you bombed another country that you weren't at war with and the amazing thing assad is saying this could be a declaration of war. there was a time when you bombed another country it was a declaration of war. of course syria could consider this a declaration of war and they could strike back and then it would be actual. >> cenk: we're in a really interesting situation. i gets what israel is saying. they're taking the weapons going through syria and we're going to bomb them. the united states bombs countries that they're not at war with, pakistan, yemen etc. but on the other hand, is the new rule if we're powerful we get to bomb you and that's a sad day for you? >> i guess i'll take that one. eric seems so eager to do it. but you know, i think truthfully israel, right or wrong, looks at syria, lebanon, and all of these other countries as one countr
NBC
May 5, 2013 5:30pm PDT
the middle of syria's civil war, putting pressure on the assad government and maybe pressure on the obama administration to intervene in syria, as well. we've got it all covered for you tonight. our chief correspondent richard engel is across the border in turkey. richard, good evening. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. israel hasn't acknowledged the raid in damascus, but u.s. officials say it was the israelis and they're not denying it. war makes for some pretty strange bedfellows. many syrian rebels welcomed the attack, even if it was from a most unlikely source. an israeli air strike against their common enemy, president bashar al assad's regime. 2:00 a.m. in damascus, an activist filmed the attack in secret saying god is great as the israeli bombs fell. more than a dozen targets were hit, shock waves felt a cross the city. a syrian rebel in damascus told us by skype, even though the raid was from israel, syria's decades-old foe it lifted the opposition's spirit. syrian state tv quickly blamed israel for the attack close to assad's palace. and helping the rebels th
KCSMMHZ
May 8, 2013 2:30pm PDT
reiterated its demand that president bashar al assad step down before any further negotiations. syria announced tuesday that a to co-host a peace conference with the aim of bringing together rebel groups and the assad government. >> there was no mention of the newly proposed peace conference when president bashar al assad appeared on syrian state television with one of his few remaining allies, the iranian foreign minister. the reiterated tehran's's support for the regime in damascus and told supporters that iran would continue to help syria and its people, who he said had so bravely defended themselves against attacks. on tuesday, syria's other main ally, russia, consulted with assad's most vocal opponent, the united states. u.s. secretary of state john kerry was in moscow to try to find common ground on syria with russian leaders, and indeed, the u.s. and russia did manage to agree on a joint diplomatic initiative. they want to get all sides together for talks to find a political solution to the pcrisis. the idea has been well received, including by germany. >> we are convinced that
Current
May 6, 2013 5:00pm PDT
. supported israel's option to attack the assad regime. >> john: the transfer of sophisticateed weapons to terrorist organizations like hezbollah is certainly a concern and threat to israel and they have a right to act in response to those concerns. >> but with the reports mounting of sarin nerve gas attacks on syrian silverns, senators menendez announced they could arm the syrian rebels. and it was suggested on sunday that the u.s. could army some of the rebel groups fighting assad. >> we needs a game changing action. no boots on the ground. establish a safe zone, protect it and supply weapons to the right people in syria who are fighting for obviously the things we believe in. >> the idea of getting weapons in, if we know the right people to get them, my guess is we'll give them to them. >> meanwhile an official with the united nations commission of inquiry on syria suggested that while it was likely nerve gas had been used the assad regime might not have been responsible. karla del pont told reporters and i quote. there are strong concrete suspicions but not net incontrovertible proo
NBC
May 6, 2013 5:30pm PDT
syrian army headquarters were also attacked. assad's crack fourth division, the revolutionary guard. [ speaking in a foreign language ] a blatant act of aggression, said syria. self-defense, said the white house. >> the israelis justifiably have to guard against the transfer of advanced weaponry to terrorist organizations like hezbollah. >> reporter: israel was on alert today, deploying anti-missile batteries and tanks near the syrian and lebanese borders. is israel trying to topple assad? it says no. it only wants to stop hezbollah from getting more weapons. but it is becoming difficult to know where the assad regime ends and hezbollah begins. last summer in syria, we traveled with rebels who attacked a government base. they discovered hezbollah flags and other paraphernalia, proof they said that hezbollah and syria were working together. [ speaking in a foreign language ] now they are even closer and hezbollah says it won't let assad fall. a reminder that the war is now a regional conflict. the syrian government allied with hezbollah and iran. all shiites opposed by the rebels, tu
FOX News
May 5, 2013 12:00pm PDT
rethinking its position on arming the rebels as chemical weapons why were used by the assad regime. evolve strategy when we come back. mom always got good nutrition to taste great. she was a picky eater. well now i'm her dietitian and last year, she wasn't eating so well. so i recommended boost complete nutritional drink to help her get the nutrition she was missing. and now she drinks it every day. well, it tastes great! [ male announcer ] boost has 26 essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin d to support strong bones, and 10 grams of protein to help maintain muscle. and our great taste is guaranteed or your money back. learn more at boost.com [ dietitian ] now, nothing keeps mom from doing what she loves... being my mom. >> what we now have is evidence that chemical weapons were used but we don't know how they were used when they were used or who used them. we don't have a chain of custody that establishes exactly what happened. >> paul: president obama says his administration needs more time to gather the facts before acting on the assad regime's reported u
FOX News
May 4, 2013 11:00am PDT
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MSNBC
May 6, 2013 10:00am PDT
state kerry flies to moscow later today to see vladimir putin, assad's last western ally. >>> call to arms, 70,000 turn out for the nra's annual meeting in texas this weekend, even trying to capitalize on the boston bombings. >> how many bostonians wish they had a gun two weeks ago, lying in wait right now is a terrorist, a deranged school shooter, a kidnapper. a rapist. a murderer. waiting and planning and plotting. >>> in boston, a bail hearing is held today for the 19-year-old classmate charged with lying about how they trashed the evidence. >>> and the debate over where to bury the body of tamerlan tsarnaev continues. listen closely to the funeral director. >> we have to bury this guy, whatever it is, whoever he is, this country, we bury people. we can't separate sins from sinners, i can't pick and choose. >>> and the bruins -- jeff bowman who lost both of his legs in the bombing served as banner captain before game two against the maple leafs. >>> good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in washington, israel's weekend air strikes against syria is raising fears that the two-year syrian
PBS
May 1, 2013 5:00pm PDT
friend of syria. our allies won't allow the assad administration to fall into the hands of the united states, israel and islamic extremists. >> the hezbollah leader criticized attempts by opposition forces and those who support them to topple the government of assad government. he said they will not be able to bring the administration down through military means. after u.s. president barack obama said the united states is studying possible steps including military involvement to counter the assad's administration alleged use of chemical weapons. >>> saudi arabia's foreign minister has waded into the debate. he says the west should arm anti-government group, the only way to stop civilian casualties. the prince spoke on tuesday and said bashar al assad has refused all efforts. and the only way is to arm the rebels. >> they need to be able to protect themselves, the least the community can do. >>> japan and the united emirates are in talks. >> translator: this isy first visit here as prime minister in six years. i'm glad to see you again. >> he proposed the dialogue between the two count
PBS
May 4, 2013 12:30pm PDT
intervention even if we set out to enforce a no-fly zone it ends in full scale confrontation with the assad regime. three, syria's air resources are first-rate. aircraft will be shot down. some u.s. flight crews will be taken prisoner putting us on the escalator for full-blown confrontation with syria. four, securing chemical weapons depos. that means puts on the ground, exposing our troops to attack by the very weapons we're seeking to neutralize. such an attack would escalate our involvement to a full-scale intervention. five, u.s. strikes on regime targets. they will turn the tide of the war. that means regime flap, and that means the u.s. must secure assad's chemical weapons. you break it, you own it. six, key elements of al-qaida affiliates. u.s. intervention could facilitate control over chemical weapons. seven, u.s. public opinion. as measured in the latest "new york times" cbs poll is overwhelmingly against military intervention in syria. 62% against intervention, 24% support intervention, 14% don't know. eight, syria is not the u.s.'s problem, it is porks tin's problem. syria is a
NBC
May 5, 2013 4:30pm PDT
bit assad forces he may look at a range of options. >> there are some options we might not consider otherwise that we would strongly consider. chris: now he says only if it's proven that the assad forces themselves used them and 9 international community has to accept that fact before we move and even then he's going to just consider options. sounds like he's still cautious. >> the translation is he's very cautious. realizing it's very easy to get in and extremely difficult to get out and realizing that many of those calling for military action in syria, many of them don't have -- have sons or grandsons who would be called to go to syria. we can't commit militarily every place in the world and he said we're not under, if by his rules we're not under imminent attack and we're not immediately threatened, that's the threshold. i think that's the threshold the american people degree with and i'll be very surprised if he moves off that. of course there is the argument that he could do the so-called no-fly zone and special areas for refugees, but once you put your toe into it, it's very e
MSNBC
May 5, 2013 5:00am PDT
syria after u.s. officials said last week that the regime of bashar al assad had likely used chemical weapons against its own people. in response to those reports in the same interview yesterday, the president virtually ruled out the possibility of sending u.s. troops into syria. >> i cannot see a scenario right now in which american boots on the ground would make any sense, and i cannot see a scenario in which actually the syrian people would benefit from american boots on the ground. >> the president's caution reflects a dramatic shift in how americans think about war from just ten years ago when similar calls to intervene in iraq produced an intractable and unpopular conflict. the chilling horrific reports from syria are likely to prompt many a people to ask what the u.s. can do to alleviate the suffering of the syrian people. but the poll suggest that americans are weighing that natural human response against the very real consequences from a decade of war in afghanistan and iraq. a "new york times"/cbs poll on tuesday found that 62% of americans do not believe the u.s. has a resp
MSNBC
May 6, 2013 8:00pm PDT
used that has taken place in syria was done by the assad regime. and that remains our position. >> the only thing about the syrian civil war that is clear right now is that it is escalating. the potential for spillover gets higher, and the pressure for this country to join in as the war spreads is building. regardless of what the consequences of intervention might actually be. joining me at the table, ayman mohyeldin, rula jebreal, and dexter filkins. great to have you all here. dexter, let me begin with you. phenomenal piece of reporting, your reporting has been really excellent out of the region. what is going through the white house's conversations as they watch israel undertake these two strikes this weekend, which there had been one previously in january, so this is not exactly completely new, but it does look like an escalation and the syrian response has been escalated. what are those conversations in the white house like? >> well, just the israeli strikes, in a way they're not about syria as much as they are about lebanon, about hezbollah, the big arm group which sits o
MSNBC
May 7, 2013 9:00am PDT
community condemns the syrian government for killing its own people, russia is standing by bashar al assad. supplying his government with weapons, fuel, supplies and financial services, and refusing to consider sanctions. alongside china, russia has vetoed three u.n. security council resolutions, condemning assad's brutal crackdown and it opposes any military intervention, including arming the rebels. secretary kerry aims to change that calculation. according to the "washington post," kerry will attempt to persuade russian president vladimir putin to support or at least not veto a fresh effort to impose u.n. penalties on syria if assad doesn't begin political transition talks with the opposition. officials say the u.s. is prepared to act with or without kremlin support. needless to say, it would be much easier if russia was cooperative. in any ordinary year, russia and america have trained relations, decades after the cold war, debates over human rights, sovereignty and democracy stim persist. this year presents a whole new set of challenges for an already-rocky relationship. joining me to
CNN
May 6, 2013 9:00am PDT
which side is using chemical weapons on the ground there. is it the assad regime? is it the rebels? or is anyone doing it at all? even the u.n. says it's not sure. >>> and it took two weeks for a relative to claim his body. well, now the challenge is finding a place to bury boston bombing suspect tamerlan tar november. a city manager says not here. we'll have the latest today for one of the surviving suspect's friends. >>> a factory collapse in bangladesh. the death toll continues to climb. remember when it hit 400? it's now at 657. those involved in what is now definitely a recovery project say they don't know how many more bodies remain inside. the building housing five garment factories, also a bank and other businesses, collapsed a week ago. the government says it is ready to enact a series of labor reforms. >>> the headline of course is out of syria today. we've got conflicting reports over whether or not the rebels are the ones who use sarin gas. you've got u.n. officials saying earlier this morning there is evidence they did. then you have the u.n. backtracking that statement, s
FOX News
May 6, 2013 3:00pm PDT
latest. >> as the regime of syrian president bashar assad showed off what it claims to be the damage from more israeli air strikes and talk of a wider war started bubbling in the middle east, white house officials seemed to double down on president obama's red line comment. declaring he did not ad-lib last august by suggesting there may be u.s. military action if assad uses chemical weapons on his own people. >> the president's use of the term red line was deliberate and based on u.s. policy. it was consistent with what we were saying both to the assad regime and others privately. >> that runs counter to a "new york times" report sunday quoting officials inside the administration declaring they were surprised by the president's unscripted comments may box them in now that there is evidence used in syria. leaving john mccain to charge the conflicting signals from the white house are straining its credibility around the world. >> the conflict is spilling over into lebanon and jordan. the whole situation is becoming more and more expansive and unfortunately, the red line that the presid
MSNBC
Apr 30, 2013 11:00pm PDT
? what does that end up being? a treaty, perhaps? bashar al assad in russia? both of those outcomes seem unlikely. the war drums are out there. can they be silenced by action from the president? richard haass, president of council on foreign relations, author of brand-new book "foreign policy begins at home." and robin wright is a scholar at the united states institute of peace which i just drove by yesterday. a beautiful building. look at what the "washington post" is reporting late this afternoon. "president obama is preparing to send lethal weaponry to the syrian opposition and has taken steps to assert more aggressive u.s. leadership among allies and partners seeking the ouster of bashar al assad. according to senior administration officials." they did not say what equipment is being considered. robin wright, your thoughts on that? it's a limited bit of information. it could be rifles, could be grenades. who knows. >> i suspect at this point there is a very small quantity or very small type of weaponry. the real problem is a quarter century after we armed the mujahide,n, we are
MSNBC
May 3, 2013 6:00pm PDT
-american sentiment in the region. but this is a clear shot across the bow and it is saying to the assad regime, you have crossed a line that rest of the world is not willing to tolerate except for of course iran and russia who are the strongest backers right now of the assad regime. >> andrea, i wonder here what this, what this now puts on the table of the president. i think barack obama has been remarkably careful and judicious in the way he has discussed things. the red line that you just mentioned, which israel has been, i think, it is fair to say diplomatically pushing the u.s. to acknowledge as a clear bright thing to cross. the president has been textured and nuance about, is this a way of prevoccing the americans to do something? what does barack obama now have before him as the decision points when he comes and addresses the nation tomorrow or in a meeting in the sit o room as we speak? >> it is really a complex relationship. it is rarely officials, in the army or u.s. ambassador of israel was on msnbc with me last week, very eager to say israel was not pushing the u.s. into act
CNN
May 6, 2013 2:00pm PDT
to u.s. officials. israel vows its red line is to strike at weapons it believes the assad regime is sending to hezbollah in lebanon. weapons that could directly threaten israel. >> we will not allow hezbollah to obtain the weapons from syria. >> reporter: intelligence showed the airport was housing fatah 110 missiles. israel's moves are ramping up pressure on the u.s. military to act, some calling for a no-fly zone to protect syrian civilians. >> we can't take on the air defenses of a country like syria, then we've wasted a lot of the taxpayers' dollars. >> reporter: but the pentagon insists syria's arraf defenses are a more serious threat than the u.s. faced in libya. >> it's five times more air defense systems, some of which are high-end air defense systems, higher altitude, longer range. >> as in the past, general dempsey is dead wrong. >> reporter: former air force intelligence officer says there's a big difference between israeli and u.s. military options. >> the israelis had the advantage of having basically two strikes that they were able to work very carefully. if you have a
PBS
May 6, 2013 5:30pm PDT
president assad condemned the latest attacks. >> the israeli invaders committed a blatant act of aggression against syria. the syrian military has the right and responsibility to protect its country and people from any form of infringement either at home or abroad. >> brown: iran joined in, warning that israel is, quote, playing with fire. a syrian opposition group also criticized the israelis. >> this aggression is an aggression against all syrian people with all its forces. we call on the international community to prevent the israeli enemy from using the internal situation in syria to accomplish its goals. >> brown: there were no new air strikes today. prime minister benjamin netanyahu traveled to china for an official visit. even as beijing called for restraint. >> we think the current situation in the region is complicated and sensitive. china has attached great importance to it. we oppose the use of military force and believe any country's sovereignty should be respected. >> brown: the weekend strikes came as the u.s. and the international community wrestle with what to do
FOX News
May 5, 2013 4:00pm PDT
sensitive sites inside syria where there's a civil war going on. the assad regime points the finger at israel. the syrian government calling the attacks a dollaration of war. fox reports fears of escalating violence in the region and new questions about what the u.s. should do now. also, a vicious attack on a soccer field ends in tragedy. a referee left in a coma has died. all of this after a player, angry over a call, allegedly punched that referee in the head. in minutes, the charges that teenager faces. >>> and nothing out of the ordinary here. a guy gets pulled over for a routine traffic stop. that's one of the officers yelling before a barrage of bullets hits her squad car. they say they didn't see it coming. >>> i'm harris faulkner. we begin tonight with syria and the civil war that's claimed more than 70,000 lives and made a million refugees and shown instability in an area already volatile. right next door, our friend and ally israel. new developments. israel playing a much more active role now in trying to protect itself from the chaos over the border. we can show you what is
MSNBC
May 3, 2013 10:00am PDT
about assad's suspected use of chemical weapons. rasmussen was in town to meet with the president and the secretary of state and i sat down with him yesterday. >> welcome, secretary-general rasmussen. top of mind here in the united states has been the war in syria. this is an issue that nato is not engaged in. but as someone so concerned with the security of the whole world and the region have to also be involved with. what can the united states do, with this big decision as to whether to arm the rebels and whether that risks having these weapons get into the wrong hands with al qaeda elements already involved in syria? >> yeah. first of all, let me stress as you mentioned, nato as such is not engaged in the syria conflict. but our core task is to defend and protect the allies. this is the reason why we have deployed patriot missiles to insure effective defense and protection of the turkish population. so in that respect of course we follow the situation closely. as regards arming rebels, nato has not declared or adopted any arms embargo, it's for nations to decide. and i think th
MSNBC
May 6, 2013 6:00am PDT
a wider regional conflict. the assad serb she warned the attack opens the door to all the options, he says. on sunday, air strikes hit base of the elite republican guard as well as depots which store iranian-made precision guided missiles and a military research center that u.s. officials believe to be syria's main chemical weapons facility. now you israel, of course, does not confirm the attack officially but they are not disputing it either. they have repeatedly threatened to intervene in syria to stop the transfer of what it calls game-changing weapons to hezbollah this is their issue here. of course, hezbollah is the militant group that operates just over israel's northern border in lebanon. iran wand sunday that israeli attack does is a destabilize the region while syria's opposition struggled to respond. criticizing israel for the timing of the attacks which they say drew attention away from a massacre in a sunni town on the syrian coast. president himself designed to comment directly on israel's air strikes but said he spores israel's right to defend itself. >> the israelis
MSNBC
May 5, 2013 12:00pm PDT
unrelenting in his support for assad. how does this complicate that trip? >> well, the reality is if kerry could work out some sort of understanding with the russians on this, it might begin to generate the kind of pressure, both on the iranians and the regime. but i think putin was so fundamentally suspicious of the united states role, he's seen america remove all of his clients. and he has no intention of resolving this field to the americans. the other reality is, he fears the extremist regime in syria and has his own problems in the caucuses with these sunni fundamentalis fundamentalists. i think putin on this one is going to be wary of kerry's message. he's going to say, look, you've got the chemistry piece of this which is introduced, the israelis are striking. can't we find some way of introduces some resolution in the security council? i have a feeling putin is going to be extremely wary that he'll wait and continue to try to buy time. the russians are in no hurry to see america lead from the front. >> aaron david miller, jackie kucinich, thanks to all of you. >> thank you
MSNBC
May 8, 2013 9:00am PDT
. dexter filkins reports in "the new yorker" that assad continues a crackdown on his own people. quoting holladay, a former officer, who says assad has been extremely calculating, increasing the levels of rhymens gradually so as not to sell off alarm bells. first artillery, then bombing, then scuds. aiers he wasn't killing 100 people a day. he's introducing chemical weapons gradually, so we get used to him are them. dexter, thank you. i've been quoting bits and pieces of your story all week. it's good to have you here. that quote about the calculated escalation on the part of assad brings to mind that famous quote from the holocaust, first they came for then, then they came for them -- i don't want to draw too many parallels, but tell us about the mind of assad soinchts i think first of all, he's a member of a minority, 14% of the population, so he is -- he has no incentive, and no expectation that he could ever make a deal. i think he's going to fight to the end. whether that means he ends up hanging from a lightpost in the middle of damascus, or he launches, god forbid, a larg
FOX News
May 6, 2013 6:00am PDT
international efforts to end the bloodshed and get assad out of power. bill: meanwhile the administration is still trying to verify reports that syria may have used chemical weapons against its own people earlier this year. martha: republican senator john mccain says that the israeli airstrikes are putting pressure on the u.s. administration to stick by the so-called red line that the issued on syria. here he is on "fox news sunday.". >> the whole thing is escalating. as you may have noticed the leader of hezbollah committed to helping bashar assad, the, conflict is spilling over into lebanon and jordan. the whole situation is becoming more and more expansive and unfortunately the red line that the president of the united states had written was apparently written in disappearing ink. martha: senator mccain has been a strong proponent of giving u.s. weapons to the syrian rebels. bill: in a volatile part of the world has gotten more of that over the weekend too, martha. here is the region. specifically, syria, lebanon, israel for the focus of this particular segment. advance
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